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Update: Police find meth needles with kid's toys

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An Osakis couple face felony charges for allegedly leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia in the home they share with their three young children.

Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, and Dustin Kalo Wagner, 29, were charged in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 3.

The Osakis Police Department obtained a warrant and searched the Wagners' house at 705 Lake Street in Osakis on Aug. 2. The Wagners have three children, aged 4, 6 and 9.

After a story about the charges was published on the Osakis Review website, Jessica Wagner contacted the newspaper and said that her children “never once saw a single piece of paraphernalia.”

In an email to the Review, she said, “Yes, we used but we are both taking the necessary steps, voluntarily I might add, to get better. The morning they came to search the house I was packing and that was the only reason my things were even near my children's. I take full responsibility for my use but will not be made into a monster by you or anyone else.”

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers found a syringe on top of a refrigerator that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

In one child's bedroom, an officer saw a mattress on the floor with pink blankets and toys on it. In front of a closet, the officer found a syringe on the floor that appeared to have the rubber portion removed.

Next to the bed, the officer looked through a milk crate that was being used as a toy box and found children's toys, multiple used syringes and a broken piece of glass that was consistent with that of a meth pipe.

In a dining room, officers found additional syringes and small baggies containing crystal residue.

In the basement, officers collected 12 syringes, two plastic baggies containing meth residue, five Buprenorphine pills — an opioid medication used to treat narcotic addictions — two scales and three meth pipes.

Officers found a total of 28 hypodermic needles. They also found several torch-style lighters throughout the house.

After officers read Jessica Wagner her rights, she denied using meth and said she was unsure if her husband used it, according to court documents. Officers took photographs of her arm, which appeared to have track marks, according to the complaint.

The children were removed from the home and placed in the care of a family member, according to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson.

Jessica Wagner posted bail and was released. She posted bail for Dustin Wagner, who was then picked up by Benton County authorities on an outstanding warrant. Jessica's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14. A court date for Dustin Wagner hasn't been set yet.

The charge, storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in a child's residence, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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